Good morning, afternoon, or evening, depending on when you might be. My name is Thomas, and I’m a new member of the Magoosh ACT/SAT blogging team. As you might read my future blog posts for advice, allow me to introduce myself.
I am a Californian by birth, and though I currently live in the North Bay, I have spent the majority of my life in Middle Tennessee. As an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University I studied Japanese and East Asian history. In my junior year I studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan, where I lived with a host family for six months. Right after graduation I went back to Japan to intern with a company that operates the bullet train.
Returning to Tennessee I earned my M.A. in Teaching from Belmont University. For four years I taught English and social studies at Renaissance High (formally Middle College High School) in Franklin, a city twenty-five miles south of Nashville. In my classroom I had a severely outdated globe named “Ole Squeaky,” and three plush Angry Birds I occasionally bounced off the heads of students who texted during my lectures.
For over half my life writing fiction has been my passion. Since 2012 a few of my stories have been lucky enough to see the light of day in various U.S. and U.K. magazines. My writing goal for 2016 is to qualify for associate membership in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. My other creative outlet is cooking, especially anything involving seafood.
I want to let everyone know that I am excited to share the experience and wisdom I gained as an educator (and former student) with a larger audience. Standardized tests, college applications – it can all seem so overwhelming, and for teens, feel like it’s happening much too fast. Through my articles I hope readers can make the process a little a little less stressful, a little more manageable, and ultimately successful.